A roundup of FFA news for the week of Oct. 15, 2009


MILLERSBURG, Ohio — On Sept. 27, freshman West Holmes FFA members Sarah Lynch, Elizabeth Overholt, Alexis Bird, Lee Schlegel, Brittany Sigler, Bob Taylor, Kristi Atherton, Katie Spillman, Wyatt Gardner, Haylee Mackey, Samantha Krejci, Crystal Yeater, Corbin Wright, Scott Colgin, Brittany Crawford, Josh Woodruff, Rae Ann Keck and Brittany Barnes attend FFA Greenhand camp at FFA Camp Muskingum.

Members had a presentation by the state officer’s titled “Opportunities Abound,” and it taught the members all they could be a part of through FFA.

Another workshop, “Develop A Winning Attitude”, told campers they need to have positive attitude about everything in life.

The “Charting For Success” workshop taught the campers how to set goals not only for FFA, but also in life.

The last workshop, “The Challenge,” discussed how each member needs to take what they learned at camp and apply it in life and in their chapters.

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GNADENHUTTEN, Ohio — Indian Valley FFA will hold its annual fruit sale through Nov. 1.

The students are selling citrus fruits, apples, gift baskets of assorted fruit, nuts, trail bologna and barbecue sauce. Prices range from $5 to $25.

If interested in placing a pre-paid order, contact any Indian Valley FFA member or call Dave Stiles, at the high school, at 740-254-4262.

The FFA members are selling to earn commissions and credit for FFA activities, conventions, camp and leadership workshops. Delivery will be the last week of November.

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BELOIT, Ohio — The West Branch FFA held a meeting Oct. 7 during school.

Members talked about the annual fruit sale and plans for their fields and decided to plant either corn or beans.

President Austen Shoemaker and Assistant Reporter Zack Hill attended the district meeting Oct. 8.

National Convention is also being planned by the officers.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA chapter’s biggest fundraiser during the year is citrus fruit sales. The money raised is used for items such as member awards, Career Development Event entry fees, Leadership Conferences and State and National FFA Convention trips.

See any FFA member, or contact the Northwestern Ag Department at 419-846-3833 ext. 1317 or 1043 with any questions or orders.

Fruit will arrive the first week of December.

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HANOVERTON, Ohio — United FFA recently sent 10 members to an officer training meeting at the Trumbull County Career and Technical Center to learn how to improve leadership skills within the chapter.

Students were served dinner and afterward met with the District 3 President Isaac Kaufman to play games that demonstrated leadership.

Officers attending were Brent Baker, vice president; Kalene Worth, treasurer; Rebecca Swope, reporter; Kaitlin McCombs, student adviser and Carmen Andric, secretary.

Other members attending were Joey Anderson, Brittney Bell, Kourtney Worth, Austin Berresford and Megan Papic.

United FFA started their annual fruit sale. Selections include oranges, grapefruit, apples, pears and gourmet cheese and beef sticks.

To place an order, call the Vo-Ag room at 330-223-1521, ext. 24. Funds from the sales help to support the activities of the United FFA chapter.

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. — The Laurel FFA chapter welcomed Western Region Vice President Billy Boring and North Central Vice President Allison Hoover, state FFA officers, to Laurel Sept. 28.

During a year of service to the organization, state FFA officers travel to FFA chapters in the state to talk about opportunities available to students enrolled in agricultural education and how to become an FFA member.

They also meet with chapter officer teams to help develop ideas and evaluate goals.

Agricultural education incorporates three aspects of learning. The classroom provides basic knowledge. FFA develops leadership and personal skills. A Supervised Agricultural Experience provides hands-on learning while working on the job or in an agricultural business.

FFA in an integral part of agriculture education. Agricultural instructors encourage students to take the knowledge and skills they have acquired in class and apply to FFA event, such as the career development events, which help students explore a career interest in agriculture.

Members of the state FFA officer team are ambassadors for agriculture and the FFA for one year. They are elected in June and spend the year promoting FFA and agriculture education throughout the state. Each officer is elected at the state FFA convention by a group of their peers.

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